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ord and Blessed Sacrament of Victoria hosted the Incarnate Word Formation Symposium for Sisters in Initial Formation on January 20-22 at Incarnate Word Convent. Representatives from Corpus Christi, Mexico City, Houston CCVI's and Victoria joined together to learn about the heritage of the 150 years of Incarnate Word presence in Victoria and the life of Mother St. Claire Valetine, American Foundress of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament.
Pictured at left: Mother St. Claire (Sister Emiliana Grafe) discusses Texas mission with Mother Angeligue, IWBS Superior (Sister Colette Kouba) in Lyon, France, in 1852.
We are in the “Ordinary Time” of the Liturgical Year. Ordinary Time refers to the periods of the Catholic Church’s liturgical year that fall outside of the major seasons of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter. This time is called “ordinary time” because the weeks are numbered. The
The birth of Jeanne Chezard de Matel, November 6, 1596, in Roanne was an answer to prayer. Her mother, Jeanne, had previously had four pregnancies, in which the babies were still born or died at or soon after birth. The couple longed to have a family, and they prayed and sacrificed for this intention.
Their prayer was heard, and in spite of many complications during the pregnancy, little Jeanne was born. The precocious young girl delighted her parents and had a happy childhood in spite of her too-often absent father who held a position in the King's court in Paris. She was also plagued by a severe recurring malaria-like illness which left her moody and irritable.
She was a pious young girl and except for a period during her teen years when her attention was diverted from her religious practices, Jeanne continued to grow in love of God and prayer.
During her twenties, she spent six years trying to discern her
After Jeanne's death the Order continued to bring the Incarnate Word to the people until the
In response to an invitation from Bishop Jean Odin, the first Bishop of Texas, Mother St. Claire Valentine and three companions left their native France and founded the first American convent in Brownsville on February 26, 1853. These valiant women soon increased in number and were asked to expand northward. Consequently, the house in Victoria was founded by Mother St. Claire Valentine and five companions on December 21, 1866. From this foundation, The Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament of Victoria, Texas, along with Sister Congregations in Corpus Christi and Houston, Texas, and Cleveland, Ohio, and with many Sisters in Mexico, now serve in the Americas, Europe, and Africa. They serve primarily through
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